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Mixing Audio: Concepts, Practices and Tools [Paperback]

Roey Izhaki
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7 Dec 2007
Mixing remains one of the most illusive arts of recording practice and can take a life time to master. Looking at practices, concepts, tools and mixing instruments the author provides a comprehensive insight to the art and science of mixing.

Whether a hobbyist of professional this book covers basic concepts to advanced techniques as well as tips and tricks and is a vital read for anyone wanting to succeed in the field of mixing.

The book is accompanied by the website www.mixingaudio.com, featuring a sample chapter, illustrations, audio and a user forum.

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  • Paperback: 584 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (7 Dec 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240520688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240520681
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 18.7 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 324,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This book is a wonderful, no nonsense guide to audio mixing for beginners and advanced mixing engineers and producers. The accompanying DVD holds hundreds of audio examples that add an invaluable depth to the reading. Let's face it, you can't just write about audio mixing, you must provide examples and this book delivers tons of them.This type of book has long been missing from the arsenal of books about audio mixing and production. Most books are either too detailed with no real appeal to readers, or too specific and within a year or two would be considered terribly outdated. However, Audio mixing covers some universal concepts in a way that would make it relevant through the years.I highly recommend this book to any aspiring or working mixing engineer/producer. I believe the straightforward writing style (while not always with the best grammar), the range of topics covered and the all revealing audio examples make this book a great choice."--Yuvalgerstein.com

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Roey Izhaki (Author) Roey Izhaki has been involved with mixing since 1992. He is an academic lecturer in the field of audio engineering and gives mixing seminars across Europe at various schools and exhibitions. He is currently lecturing in the Audio Engineering department at SAE Institute, London.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
As a record producer and University Lecturer on Music Technology and Production, I have read most of the limited supply of books that there is out there are on the art of mixing. Although there are a seemingly endless supply of books that cover the engineering side of things (microphones, placement, technique etc.) very few engage with the subject of mixing which is clearly a highly subjective and challenging concept to cover. As such, most of the ones that I have read leave alot to be desired.
What a delight it was then to start reading Roey Izhaki's 'Mixing Audio'. Very well written and highly engaging right from the first chapter, it is clear just how much time has gone into this publication and I was delighted by just how readable it is.
Excellent sections on the process of mixing, monitoring, software mixers, plug-ins, equalisation, gates, compression, limiting, reverbs, distortion etc. etc. are complimented by just the right amount of technical detail and demonstrated throughout on the accompanying CD. More importantly though, rather than just discussing these tools, full and comprehensive advice on how to properly utilise them is provided and backed up with audio examples.
For anyone wanting to invest in a book on this subject matter, then I really can't recommend this book highly enough. Simply superb.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on Mixing I have ever read... 9 Nov 2009
Ok, I have just read Colin Spence's review, and I thought it was time to put some support out there for what I consider the best book on the current market about Mixing.

I have read (and bought) all of the other books about the subject I could find on Amazon; 'The Art of Mixing', 'The Mixing Engineer's Handbook', 'Guerilla Home Recording', 'Mixing, Recording, and Producing techniques of the Pro's' etc etc etc ad infinitum. This book is the real deal.

Why is it the real deal? Firstly, it references many different audio systems, both digital and analog, from many different manufacturers, without misleading the reader that any one of them is the panacea to a particular situation. Secondly, the scientific basis of the techniques are described in a clear manner. Thirdly, the DVD of examples is a brilliant accompaniment to the text; the reader/learner can read a paragraph, have a listen and compare the differences. Fourthly, the text has multiple layers; e.g. there is a summary point, clearly labeled, at the end of every other paragraph of text.

I could go on and on about this book. I've read it cover to cover once and am now going back through it to read it again and absorb more. If you are daunted by the length of the book, consider it a reference manual; dip in and out. If you don't like its' introductory statements, cut to the chase and read about what your audio toolset's controls really do.

In summary, reading a book alone is not going to help you become a better mixer. Practice in the application of scientifically established techniques will help. This books lays out that knowledge. It presents an encyclopaedic breadth of factual detail about modern equipment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book Every Producer Should Own 4 Feb 2011
By Nathan
Quite simply, this book is essential for anyone who wants to improve the quality of their musical productions and attain a professional standard of mix. For bedroom producers, it will shave years off the learning process, which for most involves gleaning bits of information piecemeal from internet forums and magazines, an approach that can engender as much confusion as it can clarity.

The book presents a perfect blend of theoretical knowledge and practical application. Divided into three sections, the first, 'Concepts & Practices,' provides the reader with an understanding of some general issues, principles and approaches related to mixing such as the nature of our aural perception, the use of professional mixes for reference, the frequency, level, stereo and depth domains along with a discussion of general objectives and good-practice techniques.

The second section, 'Tools,' covers all of the topics one would expect such as monitoring, meters, signal flow, gain structure, phase, panning, equalizers and reverbs, along with an excellent sub-section on dynamic range processors covering compressors, limiters, gates and expanders; the chapters on compressors, equalizers and reverbs are alone worthy of the price. The author also covers effects such as delays, distortion, chorus, phasing and flanging, along with other areas such as mid/side processing and automation. Each topic is covered with the perfect degree of depth and balance in relation to theory and application.

The final section, 'Sample Mixes,' puts it all into practice as the author walks you through four full mixes from start to finish, covering a rock track, a hip-hop track, a techno track and a DnB track.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on audio I've read to date. 25 Feb 2009
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A lot of the reviews for this book mentioned that it had a lot of spelling and gramatical errors and that it hadn't been proof read. This must have been sorted out because my copy is absolutely fine.

I have a background in audio and have read several music technology books that promise to teach you something you don't already know, but almost never do and most of them can be extremely boring to read. In Mixing Audio, Roey Izhaki manages to make each chapter more interesting than the one before. I haven't finished the book yet, but I can't put it down! The more I read, the more I want to read. His explanations and concepts are clear and consise, but I think that the reason I am enjoying the book so much is because I have some previous audio background. That's not to say that a beginner to the subject wouldn't appreciate it.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in mixing audio.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Great book especially useful as a handbook when completing coupe on sound production
Published 9 days ago by Lady from Aberdeen
4.0 out of 5 stars Covers all bases - No Accompanying audio in Kindle Book
Very comprehensive and well written, covers everything you need to know and great for reference.

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Roey Izhaki has probably written the best book on mixing.I brought this book because I was a begginer in Audio engineering and I wanted to see if the area would draw me any further... Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2011 by punkpop101
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book for the up and coming remixers, engineers, and enthusiasts
I have about 5 books in my library on the subject and none can hold a candle to this book. The combination of pictures, practical explanations, and audio samples makes each concept... Read more
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I record my own music and have always wanted to understand how to make my recordings sound better. Well this book is great, very useful and well written. Read more
Published on 4 April 2011 by Mr. D. Tilley
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book Out There on Mixing Music
I hesitated for a while before buying this book because I thought it would just be too in depth and technical with lots of theory and little practical advice. How wrong I was. Read more
Published on 26 Feb 2011 by Karmic Warrior
5.0 out of 5 stars The Master Work
I'm sound producer of 18 years' experience and I can simply say that this is the greatest book on modern music mixing available right now. Read more
Published on 1 Feb 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars the best book
This was a birthday present for my son - says its absolutely the best book, invaluable, recommended by his Uni lecturer and worth every penny.
Published on 19 Jan 2011 by blackcat23
5.0 out of 5 stars Got a full time job?
If its a reference book on mixing that you want, then this is it. There is almost too much information. Dont even try to read it from cover to back... Read more
Published on 13 Jan 2011 by bondy
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